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Cornfest is Saturday at Community Church of Rolling Meadows

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  • DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTOTony Voleck of Rolling Meadows has a pile of corn to husk for the 2010 Cornfest.

      DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTOTony Voleck of Rolling Meadows has a pile of corn to husk for the 2010 Cornfest.

  • DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTOTen-year-old Josh Dellorto of Arlington Heights tears into an ear of corn at the fest last year.

      DAILY HERALD FILE PHOTOTen-year-old Josh Dellorto of Arlington Heights tears into an ear of corn at the fest last year.

 
Courtesy of the Community Church of Rolling Meadows

A small homey festival that's older than many of the people who attend -- that's Cornfest.

The annual daylong festival, sponsored by Community Church of Rolling Meadows, 2720 Kirchoff Road (at Meadow Drive) is from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 6. It's the 55th year for the fest and the 19th year there's an arts and crafts fair alongside. The craft fair is open 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

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A ticket buys a hamburger or hot dog, watermelon and pop and all the sweet corn you can eat. Tickets are $11; seniors are $8; children ages 4-10, $5; and kids 3-under, free.

The origins of Community Church's annual Cornfest can be traced back to what began as a small backyard cookout among a few church families around 1955. By August 1957 the first official Community Church Cornfest was born.

Over the years the menu has stayed relatively stable, although the big yellow and white tent was added in the late 1980s and the craft fair in the late 1990s. The most important thing that has remained throughout the years has been the opportunity for the members of Community Church to reach beyond its walls to the community of Rolling Meadows for a day of food, fun and fellowship.

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